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Edmonton finishes seven game homestand against BC rival

Ryan Miller's .917 isn't too shabby.
Ryan Miller's .917 isn't too shabby.
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7-3-0 14 points, 1.4  p/g Ranks 4-5-1, 9 points, .9 p/g
Western Conference - 2nd Western Conference - 13th
4th P/G 25th
4th ST 27th
8th ES 26th
20th Goal 27th
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The opposing view: Nucks Misconduct

All Good Things Must End

Yes, I would like to play more teams from the Eastern Conference.  Edmonton's four game winning streak came to a halt on Wednesday as the Oilers dropped a 4-1 decision to the Predators.  Taylor Hall scored the lone Oiler tally in a game that saw the Predators launch thirty five shots on Ben Scrivens.   The Predators got two goals from Craig Smith, Pekka Rinne was nearly perfect, stopping 26 of 27 shots, and the Predators left Edmonton with their sixth win of the year.

The Oilers will have the opportunity to close out their home stand with five wins in seven games as they face off against everyone's favourite team from BC.

The Oilers are saying

"I think we've played some really good periods against them so far this season but I don't think it has really been there for 60 minutes so far.  We've got to be ready to go from the start and just play that consistent game that we can play."
That's Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Edmonton's inconsistencies against Vancouver so far this year.

The Oilers are playing Vancouver for the third time so far this young season, with Vancouver defeating Edmonton both times.  The Oilers slunk out of Vancouver in the second game of the season with an OTL point.  The Canucks are high up the Western Conference standings with seven wins in ten games.   Vancouver trails only San Jose in the Western Conference in total goals scored, averaging 3.8 a game while yielding an average of 2.9.

The Opponent is saying

"The one thing that's impressed me is how he studies the game.  He's not just a guy that just plays, he thinks about a lot of things he has a real wide vision and scope how he prepares for a game."

Miller, 34 was acquired via free agency this past offseason where he signed a three year deal.  So far, he's delivered nicely for the Canucks, winning seven of his first eight games while racking a .917 SV% in the process.  Miller will get the green light for Vancouver once again tonight, as he looks for his eighth win on the year.

Have some of this
  • Alex Burrows has been suspended by the NHL for this dangerous hit on Montréal's Alexei Emelin.  I can't say as I'll miss him.
  • ENCORE, BRAD HUNT - I've given Brad Hunt a lot of flack for his play on ice (I do that sometimes.  It's kind of my thing.  If Gazdic makes it back into the lineup, you'll see that a lot), and after a rough outing against Nashville, you'd think that the club might want to give Oscar Klefbom a call-up if Nikita Nikitin was unable due to back spasms.  Yeah, you'd be wrong.  Hunt is scheduled to be paired with Justin Schultz once again.
  • EIGHT IS GREAT - Ben Scrivens is slated for his eighth consecutive start tonight.  Scrivens was a huge cog in Edmonton's four game win streak that was abruptly halted this past Wednesday.  I'd expect Viktor Fasth to get a look sometime in the near future now that he's back.
  • STRONG FINISH - Oilers have the chance to finish their extended stay at home with five wins in seven games.  While several of these games were against Eastern Conference opponents, it's nice to win every once in a while.  After tonight, the Oilers set sail on a five game roadie starting in Philadelphia on Monday night.

PROJECTED LINES

The Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins - Nick Bonino - Jannik Hansen
Shawn Matthias - Brad Richardson - Zack Kassian
Derek Dorsett - Linden Vey - Tom Sestito

Alex Edler - Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Luca Sbisa - Yannick Weber

Ryan Miller

The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Leon Draisaitl - Nail Yakupov
David Perron - Mark Arcobello - Teddy Purcell
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu

Brad Hunt - Justin Schultz
Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry
Martin Marincin - Mark Fayne

Ben Scrivens